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Unknown Bugatti, must be Type 46, or perhaps Type 50

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  1. the Bugatti revue The worlds first on-line Bugatti focussed magazine!

  2. All back issues of the Bugatti revue

  3. All Bugatti types with technical caracteristics, in a large table

  4. All Bugatti types with very detailed specifications, descriptions and details, one page per type

  5. Bugattis by chassis numbers

  6. Picture Sheets of the Bugattis, per Catagory

    Information on the Bugatti types is also included!
  7. Jacob Munkhammar Bugatti site
    This site was missed since 2001, I put it back on line, thanks to Pascal van Mele, the version is of January 2001!
    Especially the the Hunting for Bugatti Information, "Everything Bugatti" (articles) and the Bugatti cars database are of the most interest, but you will find much more!!!
    However, of course Jacob does not respond to mails anymore, some older links may not work, the Pim Faber books, models and stamps databases do not work, and the Hunting Bugatti Questions are not followed up. As a service, I will post all answers to his existing questions on my pages, new questions will be published on my site also!

  8. Bugatti up to date information / News.

  9. Bugatti Commercial / Merchandise.

  10. Bugatti special garages special pages

  11. Bugatti Clubs over the world
  12. Bugatti Aircraft Association

  13. Bugatti car simulator 2 (Android) (iOS)

  14. Bugatti miniature models

  15. Archive of older articles and information

  16. Other Bugatti links

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August 10, 2022
Did Bugatti announce the end of the internal combustion engine?

Now that Bugatti is partly in the hands of the electric automobile specialist Rimac, it is an open secret that the successor to the Chiron, well, will be electric. With a new video, Bugatti seems to be officially announcing the end of its mythical 8-litre quad-turbo W16 that has broken record after record since 2005.

Will Bugatti retire her W16 without one last swan song? The chance seems small to us. Which makes us secretly assume that Bugatti will make another crazy creation with that gigantic engine in the back. Perhaps a vehicle that can break the mythical limit of 500 km/h? Because with the Chiron Super Sport 300+, the French brand previously managed to reach 490,484 km/h. Ten extra km, it would make a great parting gift for the 8-litre W16. Anyway, the end is in sight.

At Bugatti, they also realize that the end is near. Which makes it seem that they have already started a farewell round. Not difficult, if you know that Bugatti was the only brand in the world to ever put a W16 into series production. The French brand now shows in a delightful short video how that feat is put together. Definitely worth watching!


August 10, 2022
Delivery of the last of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

Aparently, the last of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ cars were delivered, a car that reached a record speed just short of 500 kmh, at 300 mph, with Andy Wallace at the wheel.


July 25, 2022
Auction result

Catawiki Auction, Internet - Italy, July 17, 2022

  • 1929, Bugatti Type 44 Torpedo by Ghia, Chassisnumber 44477, Estimate €880.000 - €970.000, Maximum bid € 505.000 (without premium), Not Sold


July 19, 2022
Auction result

Catawiki Auction, Internet - Belgium, July 17, 2022

  • "1927" Pur Sang Bugatti T35B, Estimate € 250,000 - € 280,000, Sold for € 272.500 including premium


June 28, 2022
Auctions result

Proxibid / Henderson Auction, USA, June 25, 2022

  • 1939 Bugatti T57C Gangloff Coupé, 57524, Sold for $1,000,000

Aguttes Auction, France, June 26, 2022

  • "1926" Bugatti Type 35A Replica, Estimate: 280,000 - 380,000 EUR: Not sold


June 25, 2022
Bugatti presents Chiron L’Ébé

Bugatti honors Ettore's daughter with a special edition

Bugatti pays homage to Ettore Bugatti’s daughter, L’Ébé, with final spectacular units of the Chiron and Chiron Sport for Europe, finished with unique Art Deco style details.

L'Ébé Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti's daughter and eldest child, was very close to him, like a soul mate. Bugatti is now honoring L'Ébé with a very special small series of three cars. For the final delivery of the Chiron and Chiron Sport in Europe, Bugatti's designers developed a Chiron and two Chiron Sport with the name L'Ébé. All three hand-crafted hyper sports cars are bearing unique details in the Art Deco style.

As the eldest child of Ettore and Barbara Bugatti, L'Ébé, born in 1903, had more insight into the extraordinary rise of Bugatti than anyone else. Ettore even chose to hide his own initials “EB” in her first name, so L'Ébé would not have to forgo the Bugatti surname even after marriage (Another more romantic possible thought behind l'Ébé's name is that it reflects the union of her two parents, Ettore - Barbara. Ed). In her later book “The Story of Bugatti”, a biography of Ettore, she gave invaluable details into the history of the brand and her father himself.

Now, L’Ébé herself also becomes an important part of Bugatti history. The Chiron and Chiron Sport L’Ébé draw inspiration from her love of Art Deco style. Chiron’s character lines are mostly echoed in the famous Bugatti Type 57 G Tank that won Le Mans in 1937 – here on the L’Ébé those lines are accented in gold, shimmering against the exposed blue-tinted carbon body. Gold highlights also adorn the “EB” badging, the famous horseshoe grille and parts of the 8.0-liter W16 engine cover. Even the wheels come with an understated gold tint.

L’Ébé’s signature logo hides subtly on the underside of the retractable rear spoiler, as well as on the treadplates and hand-stitched into the headrests of the seats. The cabin subtly mirrors the exterior, with exposed blue-tinted carbon visible throughout and a light versus dark theme, hinting at L’Ébé’s dark blue body and gold highlights. The door panel on the driver’s side is finished predominantly in “Silk” leather with “Lake Blue” highlights. The passenger’s, meanwhile, reverses the colour scheme. Each door panel features a motif of the visual evolution of Bugatti’s most iconic cars, from early Grand Prix racers through to EB110, Veyron and Chiron. L’Ébé’s numerous bespoke touches perfectly showcase Bugatti’s limitless creativity and craftsmanship when it comes to exclusive tailor-made projects.

Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles, said: “L’Ébé Bugatti’s biography of her father consists of numerous diary entries by Ettore himself, letters from his early employees, customers, business partners and her own experiences. It helps a lot to understand Ettore’s personality, his goals and the appreciation everyone had for him and his products. With this knowledge we could transmit the Bugatti DNA into the present time maintaining the essence, grade of perfection and quality standards up to this very day. Through this unique configuration and use of her name for the final Chiron and Chiron Sport, we wanted to honor her with the status she deserves in our brand’s history.”

The Bugatti Chiron, introduced to the world in 2016, was the first production car to deliver 1,500 PS of power, creating an entirely new sector of hyper sports car performance. Its 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine, advanced four-wheel-drive system and lightweight chassis set new standards not just for acceleration, top speed and handling but also for comfort, usability and reliability.

It has since become the template for a number of different evolutions of the Bugatti hyper sports car, including Chiron Sport, Chiron Pur Sport and Chiron Super Sport. The three exclusive Bugatti Chiron L’Ébé mark the end of Chiron and Chiron Sport in Europe. The Chiron L’Ébé and a Chiron L’Ébé Sport have already been delivered and the third model will be delivered by the end of the month.


June 25, 2022
Record number of Bugattis on Auction

During the coming months there is a record number of 20 (correction: 21) Bugattis that will be on auction, so it's time to see what savings you have! All auctions are listed on the Events part of this page !

The list of Bugattis, to be auctioned in several countries worldwide, is the following:

  • 1913 Bugatti Type 15 Tourer by Chauvet, Chassis no. 580, Offered Without Reserve
  • 1925 Bugatti Type 30 Tourer, Chassis No. 4725, Offered Without Reserve (auction March 5, 2020: Not sold)
  • 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix, Chassis No: 4631
  • "1926" Bugatti Type 35A Replica, Estimate: 280,000 - 380,000 EUR
  • "1930" Bugatti Type 35B Replica by Pur Sang, Engine No. 397BO, Chassis No. 397
  • Pur Sang Bugatti T37A
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 43A Roadster by Lavocat et Marsaud, Chassis No. 43233, Engine No. 62
  • 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix, Chassis no. 51154
  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster in the style of Jean Bugatti, Chassis No. 55219, Engine No. 11
  • "1932" Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster Replica by Pur Sang, Chassis No. "55227"
  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet, Chassis no. 55230
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, Chassis No. 57406, Engine No. 286, Gearbox No. 68C
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux, Chassis no. 57506
  • 1939 Bugatti T57C Gangloff Coupé, 57524, Opening Bid: USD 1,000.00
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57S Roadster in the style of Corsica, Chassis No. 57601
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic Replica by Erik Koux, Chassis No. 57654 (Sold at auction on February 8, 2019, for €852,936)
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet in the Style of Gangloff, Chassis No. 57668
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Gangloff Chassis no. 57767
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57769
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Special Cabriolet by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57798, Engine No. 431
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet in the style of Corsica, Chassis No. 57838, Engine No. 105C
Plus various other interesting items, including a few Jaguar based "Tribute" cars which look quite nice, and may even be affordable!


June 5, 2022
Donation received

As some of you may have noted, there is a "Donate" button at the very end of this page.

It has been there for about 15 years, maybe more, and until last week I never received a donation.

Then, an Italian collector sent me an e-mail with a very detailed question, but also with the remark that he liked my website so much, and appreciated my work that he wanted to make a donation.

Thus, I told him where the button could be found, and he sent me a donation, and a substantial one I must say, Thanks!
I will use it to continue to provide all Bugattistes with the info they appreciate.


June 5, 2022
Auction result

Christie's Live Auction 21065 - DESIGN France, May 25, 2022

  • 1930 Bugatti Baby, Estimate: EUR 30,000 - 50,000, Sold for EUR 144,900


May 26, 2022

Bugatti wins at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d'Este

Bugatti wins several times at Concorso d’Eleganza with the ‘Best of Show’ award, the ‘Fiva Trophy’and the ‘Design award’.

A Bugatti Type 57S VanVooren Cabriolet has been pronounced ‘Best of Show’ at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza on the shores of Lake Como – one of four awards handed to Bugatti vehicles at the event. Other winners included a Type 59 Sports racing car, which won the ‘FIVA Trophy’ for ‘Best Preserved Pre-War Car’ and the Bugatti Bolide, which won the coveted ‘Design Award’.

The world’s finest vehicles meet once a year at the Concorso d’Eleganza by Lake Como, Italy. But even among the best in the world there can be only one winner, and this year the honor was bestowed upon a Bugatti Type 57S VanVooren Cabriolet. It was one of four Bugatti vehicles on display and, as well as winning its class, it was also named ‘Best of Show’.

With seven different classes on display, the Bugatti Type 57S featured in class A, ‘The Golden Age of Elegance: The Art Deco Era of Motor Car Design’. The technical excellence comes from Bugatti, while the elegant convertible body is the work of VanVooren, based in Courbevoie in the suburbs of Paris. The convertible still makes an impression nowadays with its proportions and clear lines. It is the first of just four Bugatti Type 57S cars to have been built with a VanVooren convertible body. One of its previous owners replaced the original engine with a V8 for test purposes. Following some extensive research, the original straight eight-cylinder engine – which was lost for over 40 years – was relocated, a true modern-day miracle.

Alongside the Type 57S in class A was a rare Bugatti Type 59 Sports race car from 1934, the ex - king Leopold car, and a Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet with Gangloff bodywork from 1937. Having served as a factory race car in 1934 and 1935, the Type 59 Sports was converted into a sports car and successfully competed in races until 1937. It only had five owners, one of which was King Leopold III of Belgium from 1938. This vehicle now counts among the most significant racing Bugattis and is widely admired for its originality.
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este judges were so impressed that the Type 59 was awarded the FIVA Trophy for Best Preserved Pre-War Car.

The Stelvio Cabriolet was the first Type 57 to be installed with a supercharger by Bugatti. Bugatti named it after the Passo dello Stelvio – otherwise known as the Stelvio Pass – as this steep mountain pass was effortlessly summited by its powerful engine. The bodywork comes from the exclusive coachbuilder, Gangloff, based in Colmar, France – just a stone’s throw from Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim. The Cabriolet’s art deco bumpers are worthy of note, being the only known example of this Bugatti to be adorned with such details.

In the ‘Concept Cars and Prototypes’ class, the new Bugatti Bolide starred as one of seven prototypes on display, winning the coveted Design Award of the class. The experimental study, Bolide, answers the question as to what a Bugatti would look like if it was stripped back to its cutting-edge essentials and based around the iconic 8.0-liter VVR16 engine. When the concept was initially unveiled in 2020, such was the desire from customers around the world that Bugatti made the decision to produce a small production series of 40 units of the Bolide – all build slots of which immediately sold out.

The extreme, track-focused hyper sports car has an unparalleled weight-to-power ratio. Bugatti explored a new dimension of hyper sports cars thanks to its W16 engine producing 1,600 PS combined with the Bolide’s ultra-high downforce setup. The Bolide achieves LMP-like performance figures – all without compromising optimum handling capacity. However, in keeping with a core philosophy of the brand, the Bolide’s performance will be highly accessible to all drivers behind the wheel to create a unique yet confidence-inspiring experience.

Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles said: “The Concorso d‘Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the most beautiful and significant events in the world of classic cars and luxury sports cars. We are proud to be a part of it again this year with four quite exceptional vehicles. We are humbled that a Bugatti vehicle should win the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ Award among such renowned competition, as well as winning its class. It’s also an honor to see a wonderfully original Type 59 Sports win the FIVA Trophy and for the ‘Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award’ for ‘Concept Cars and Prototypes’ to be given to Bolide. All these vehicles showcase Bugatti’s enduring values despite being separated by nearly 90 years: design, performance, elegance, and quality.”


May 22, 2022

Obituary: Simon Diffey

I recently heard from various sources that Simon Diffey (57) was killed in an accident while driving his much-loved little vintage Brescia Bugatti, on Saturday May 14. This was in a collision with an ambulance on blues and twos. He was pronounced dead at the scene on the A6.

Simon was a very talented racer, and a consistent winner in a variety of cars. He lavished meticulous care and preparation on the Bugatti, his Lotus Formula Juniors, the Connaught that he raced for a friend, and his self-built Humbug and Austin 7. Then he drove them to the maximum, whether in a VSCC trial or in the highest-profile races at Goodwood and in Europe.

But more than that, he was a one-off: a hugely generous-spirited man who would help out a fellow-competitor, a friend or a stranger without a second thought. This was not only in motorsport but also in business, for his firm Merry Printers was the go-to supplier when teams, restoration firms, race promoters, clubs and private owners in the car world needed anything printed.

Simon could not help being an entertainer, generating outrageous fun wherever he went. With his warm generosity, and his skill and sportsmanship behind the wheel, small wonder that he was one of the best-known and best-loved people in historic motor sport. Suddenly all that has come to an abrupt halt, leaving only a gaping hole on the track and in the paddock, and a legion of friends with a burden of regret and sadness.

Simon will be reunited with his brother James, another Bugatti man who sadly passed away due to cancer at an early age. The Diffey brothers memory will live on in uk vintage motorsport.


May 22, 2022
Jean Bugatti's personal watch offered on auction

After Ettore Bugatti's watch, more precisely the one which he left for his son Michel from his 2nd marriage, having been auctioned just over a year ago, now Jean Bugatti's watch is offered in an auction to be held on June 12.

This "MIDO FOR BUGATTI" watch has the No. 200.775, which places it in the first series of 54 pieces with serial numbers 200736-200789 inclusive, produced in 1925-26. The announcement however does not give any details as to why this particular watch should be the one personally used by Jean, especially as another watch, with number 307215 was also claimed to be that of Jean....

One wonders if this particular watch will attain the same incredible price of €280,700 as the one sold last year!

Info from the website:

MIDO FOR BUGATTI
Jean Bugatti's personal watch / yellow gold grille on blue leather No. 200.775, circa 1925.

  • Estimate €80,000 - €120,000
  • Case in yellow gold 750 thousandths in the shape of a typical Bugatti radiator , red enamelled brand logo and stylized winding crown in the form of a radiator cap at 12 o'clock, hinged caseback, inside case back, the interior of the case covered with a pattern like the dashboards of dashboards of the brand's competition cars.
  • Silvered dial with squares in its rare original states, Arabic numerals painted in black, Bréguet hands in blued steel.
  • Strap in blue reptile leather of command with buckle in yellow gold 750 thousandths.
  • Movement: Round hand-wound mechanical caliber signed Mido and numbered 5456.
  • Dimensions: 22.5 x 34 mm (with crown).
  • Length of the bracelet : 20 cm.
  • Condition : Good condition (case reported).
  • We would like to thank the Mido factory and its heritage curator for for opening their archives to us. Research from last year, showed that Mido does not have any archives any more on this era (Ed.)


May 22, 2022
Auction results

Bonhams Auction: 'LES GRANDES MARQUES a MONACO', May 13, 2022

  • 1927 Bugatti T35 B, Chassis no. 4888. Engine n°: 202T from #4944, Estimate: €2,000,000 - €3,000,000: Sold at €2,000,000 (with or without premium not stated)
  • 1929 Bugatti Type 37, Chassis no. 37385, Engine no. 287, Estimate: €800,000 - €1,100,000: Sold at €862,500 (including premium)


April 7, 2022
Obituary: Barrie Price

I just today got the message from the Bugatti Trust that Barrie Price passed away yesterday morning, just short of his 91st birthday. His health had deteriorated quite sharply in the last few weeks. He is now at peace.

Barrie was the last surviving founding Trustee of the Bugatti Trust. He was also Chairman of the Bugatti Owners’ Club from 1988 – 1998 and Vice President from 1989.

For the general public Barrie will be more known as the author of several books on a single type of Bugatti, works on the T40, the 8-cylinder touring cars, the big Bugattis T46 and T50, and a work on the T57. Some of these books, which was very novel at the time, to write a book on a single type of Bugatti, were written together with Jean-Louis Arbey from France. Barrie is also known for being the owner of the Pope T57S Atlantic for quite a while, most excentric of the Bugatti's he owned and worked on.

A true gentleman and a font of knowledge, he will be sorely missed.

Above, Barrie Price, being interviewed at his home in Wixford back in September 2020 by current Trust chairman Hugh Conway and volunteer Simon Berry.


April 4, 2022
Bugatti Rimac to Open New Berlin Design and Engineering Hub

Zagreb / Berlin 30-3-2022
A NEW ENGINEERING AND DESIGN CENTER IN BERLIN WILL BE A FOCAL POINT OF THE FUTURE OF BUGATTI RIMAC. ACHIM ANSCHEIDT, RECENTLY APPOINTED DESIGN DIRECTOR AT BUGATTI RIMAC, WILL WORK HAND-IN-HAND WITH CTO EMILIO SCERVO BETWEEN BERLIN AND ZAGREB TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF BUGATTI AND RIMAC HYPERCARS.

As two of the world’s most renowned hypercar manufacturers embark on an all-new era under the Bugatti Rimac joint company, a new innovation hub in Berlin expands its European footprint. Focused on the design and engineering of future Bugatti Rimac technologies and products, the Berlin-based team will work hand-in-hand with colleagues at the Bugatti Rimac HQ in Zagreb, overseen by newly-announced Bugatti Rimac Design Director, Achim Anscheidt, and Bugatti Rimac CTO, Emilio Scervo.

While the Headquarters of Bugatti Rimac remain in Zagreb with the majority of employees and future expansion building-up in Croatia, this new Berlin hub operates under a new German subsidiary company, Bugatti Rimac GmbH. It houses not only design and engineering teams, but also other Bugatti Rimac functions, including Procurement, Finance, Program Management, IT, Legal and Marketing that work hand-in-hand with their colleagues in Croatia and in Molsheim. It is very deliberately chosen as one of the most vibrant, creative and innovative areas of Germany.

For decades, Berlin has thrived as a city that nurtures start-ups and rewards outlandish ideas. To this day, it remains an epicenter for artists and designers, as well as technology start-up businesses and incubators. It is the ideal platform from which to nurture the new engineering and visual identity of future Bugatti and Rimac vehicles under Bugatti Rimac.

The Group’s global headquarters is located near Zagreb, Croatia, and will transition to the brand-new, €200M, 100,000 m2 Rimac Campus. Bugatti will maintain its production facilities in Molsheim, France, where it will continue to manufacture its cutting-edge hypercars.

To forge the next chapter of automotive history as a multinational company, Bugatti Rimac combines Rimac’s unique agility, in-house technical expertise and innovative drive with Bugatti’s expansive heritage, engineering excellence and unique design will create the next generation of sector-defining hypercars.

Together, Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer and Emilio Scervo, CTO of Bugatti Rimac, will assemble the kind of forward-thinking minds necessary to develop the future of the world’s leading hypercar business. Positions are already available for Concept Chief Engineer, Head of High-Voltage Systems and Components, Head of Fine Mechanics, as well as design roles with specific focus on interior, exterior and VR.

Adriano Mudri, previously Director of Design of Rimac Automobili, is becoming the Director of Design of a future mobility-focused sister company to Rimac, developing next-generation vehicles that will be revealed at a later point.

Mate Rimac, CEO at Bugatti Rimac, said: “Bugatti Rimac GmbH is an exciting new expansion of the business. This new subsidiary will be deeply involved in many exciting hypercar projects that we are very much looking forward to sharing with the world. Our team is expanding day by day, and Bugatti Rimac GmbH represents an opportunity for the very best in the industry to join us, demonstrate their skills, and be part of a company that’s re-defining the hypercar.”

Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at Bugatti Rimac, said: “From the inception of the Veyron to the end of the Chiron era, this legacy will mark one chapter of the Bugatti story but now we are preparing for an all-new era with Bugatti Rimac. With the opening of our new Berlin office, we’re preparing to evolve this story towards new innovative horizons, with a fresh design direction that reflects the cutting-edge electrification technology pioneered by Rimac Group. It is of utmost importance for us to preserve the stylistic DNA of a Bugatti, however our characterizing design identity continues to be authenticated by the means of form following performance. With new electrified technologies, our design focus will change by necessity, ushering in a proportion perfectly honed to both the excitement of the combustion engine and the instantaneous power of the electric drivetrain. I am also very excited to help evolve the Rimac brand and design DNA, which, in a relatively short time, has already received global recognition.”

Emilio Scervo, CTO at Bugatti Rimac, said: “The Veyron and Chiron were of the same family but now we have the opportunity to establish a new lineage as part of the Bugatti Rimac era. With the world-leading performance electrification expertise, pioneered in the Rimac Nevera, and the unrivaled combustion engine innovation of the Chiron, the possibilities for unleashing new levels of ability and performance are almost endless. Working hand in hand with Achim will enable us to deliver engineering works of art; a modern synthesis of beauty and performance, emotional engagement and engineering prowess.

“Our aim is to pursue the best materials and the latest technologies, but also the finest and boldest minds, and with our new facility in Berlin we believe we have the infrastructure in place to deliver on this fascinating challenge.”


March 31, 2022
Auction result

Aguttes online Auction, March 27, 2022, France

  • 1927 Bugatti Type 35C (R), Chassis no. 38343, Engine no. 219, Estimate: 300,000 - 400,000 €: Sold at 507,400€ (including premium)


March 24, 2022
Auction results

Artcurial Retromobile auction, March 18, 2022

  • 1920 Bugatti Type 13, Chassis n° 772, Engine n° 445, Estimate 250.000 - 350.000€: Sold at 268.200€ (including premium)
  • 1925 Bugatti T35B Reconstruction by Ventoux Moteurs Engineering, Chassis n° 4617, Estimate 400.000 - 600.000€: Sold at 655.600€ (including premium)
  • 1926 Bugatti 37A ex-Jacques Dufilho, Chassis n° 37211, Engine n° 114, Estimate 900.000 - 1.200.000 €: Sold at: 894.000 €
  • 1928 Bugatti T44 Faux Cabriolet par Labourdette, Chassis n° 44342, Engine n° 76, Estimate 300.000 - 400.000€: Sold at: 336.144€
  • 1928 Bugatti T35/51 Reconstruction "Petit Coupé Friderich", Chassis n° 4775, Estimate 250.000 - 350.000€: Sold at: 333.760 €
  • 1935 Bugatti Type 57, replica "Aérolithe" body, Chassis n° 57104, Estimate 1.500.000 - 3.000.000€: Not sold (maximum bid 1.3 M)
  • 1936 Bugatti T57 Galibier, Chassis n° 57363, Engine n° 57331/234, Estimate 250.000 - 300.000€: Sold at: 306.344 €

Artcurial Retromobile auction (automobilia), March 19, 2022

  • Bugatti mechanics toolbox, circa 1930, estimate 3.000 - 5.000€: Sold at: 6.560€
  • Portrait of Ettore Bugatti, Original plaster by Christine Blanc, estimate 2.000 - 2.000€: Sold at: 1.574 €
  • Ettore Bugatti technical sketch, dated 8-8-1940, estimate 600 - 600€: Sold at: 2.624 €
  • AutoRail WR Double "SNCF", large scale (1:10) model, estimate 20.000 - 30.000 €: Sold at: 86.592 €
  • Jaeger- Bugatti 8-day clock, estimate 1.000 - 1.500 €: Sold at: 2.624 €
  • Géo HAM lithographie: Louis Chiron au Grand Prix d'Antibes 1928, estimate 700 - 1000 €: Sold at: 918 €


Bugatti news

March 19, 2022
The double T30 Bugatti still exists, and will be on show at Essen from 23-27 March

At Retromobile I spoke with the author of a book on Bugatti's in Spain, which will be published next year.

He told me that the Bugatti Type 30 with two engines as shown in the picture above (shown on my website first in October 2018), and will in fact be shown to the public next week! The Techno Classica in Essen is open from March 23 to 27.

Àlex Vergés explained back then that the man at the wheel is José Tous, from Barcelona. The car is a T-30 which was registered initially to Francisco Samaranch.


Bugatti news

March 18, 2022
Interesting Carlo Bugatti 4-sided cabinet surfaces

This Cabinet, said to be ca. 1900 just surfaced and is offered on auction in Spain, on March 23. It is unlike anything I have seen before. The 4 surfaces would seem to be for sitting, but as they are sloping downward, I am quite convinced that that is not the case.

The Cabinet is in ebonised walnut wood, inlaid with pewter, copper and vellum, in the typical Carlo Bugatti style.

It is also signed "Bugatti"

  • There are slight cracks at some angles, as well as wear due to time and use.
  • This piece is in Italy and is awaiting an export permit.
  • It has small cracks in the corners.
  • Measurements: 80 x 80 x 100 cm.

Text from the auction:
Important and rare cabinet made by the Italian artist and designer Carlo Bugatti in the early 1900s. Bugatti's most creative and exotic production was made at the request of a demanding clientele who loved the new taste of the turn of the century, and this piece is a faithful example of this.

The curious structure of the present object shows a central body in the shape of a cross in which eight small doors are housed and which communicate with each other on the inside. The frame is supported by four points of support in the form of horseshoe arches which, in turn, culminate on three small columns. The upper part, meanwhile, is made up of another body in the shape of a cross, this time rotating, from which drawers emerge at each end.

This piece of design is a clear example of the "Bugatti style", where the orientalist taste enriches the whole piece. From the small columns whose shafts are decorated with copper sheets embossed with natural motifs, to the arches, which feature subtle pewter birds, as well as the kufic motifs that accompany them.

In addition, the goldsmith's work on the copper plates deserves special attention, as each of them contains a different ornamental treatment, both in the centres of the horseshoe arches and those that decorate the inside of each of the doors of the central body.

Finally, the mobile part, which crowns the entire structure, is finely enriched by arcades that are always decorated by means of the handcrafted process of inlaying, from which birds, kufic script and vegetal elements continue to emerge. This cabinet represents one of the most exquisite and rare works of the Italian designer's production.

Carlo Bugatti showed his creative and artistic talents from an early age and was enrolled by his father at the Brera Academy, where he met the artist Giovanni Segantini, and subsequently attended the Ecole de Beax-Arts in Paris. Later, in the late 1970s, Bugatti worked for the cabinetmaker Mentasti, owner of the Piccolo Stabilimento di Lavorazione del Legno in Via San Marco, Milan.

From 1888 onwards, there is evidence of a Bugatti workshop in Via Castelfidardo 6, Milan. In the same year, Carlo established himself as a cabinetmaker at the Italian Exhibition in London. His furniture is unique, using precious woods as well as ivory, copper, mother-of-pearl, camel and fallow deer hide. These creations were particularly appreciated and harmonised well with the exotic and Moorish taste typical of the time. As early as 1890, the famous cabinetmaker had opened a studio-workshop in Paris, where, at the Universal Exhibition of 1900, his furniture was awarded prizes marking the international triumph of Art Nouveau.

Settling in Paris in 1903, he met the art dealer and founder Adrien A. Hebrard (1865-1937), who persuaded him to devote himself to sculpture, commissioning objects and ornaments from him, including a fantastic bestiary which Hebrard exhibited in his gallery in 1907. After leaving Paris in 1910, Bugatti moved to Pierrerfonds in the Oise, where he became mayor. The last years of his life were marked by dramatic events, such as the suicide of his son Rembrandt in 1916, the death of his daughter Deanice and finally that of his wife Therese. In 1935 he decided to move to Alsace, to Molsheim, where his son Ettore had opened the famous Bugatti car factory, and where he died in April 1940.

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March 11, 2022
Auction result

Silverstone Auctions RAF Museum London Season Opener, March 6, 2022

  • 1948 CDL Chorlton Special, Guide Price: £100,000 - £140,000: Not sold

Now available at a price of £108,100


March 7, 2022
Auctions results

Bonhams', Amelia Island Auction, March 3, 2022

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Gangloff, Chassis no. 57748, Estimate: US$1,300,000 - US$1,700,000: Not sold
Gooding & Company, Amelia Island Auction, March 4, 2022

  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Galibier Chassis 57752, Estimate $400,000 - $500,000: Sold for $434,000
RM Auctions, Amelia Island Auction, March 5, 2022

  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Chassis 57156, Estimate: €550,000 - €700,000, Sold for $582,500
  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT Prototype, Chassis No. ZA9AB01E0NCD39012 Estimate: $2,000,000 - $2,500,000, Sold for $2,100,000
  • 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport, Chassis No. VF9SP3V34KM795215 Estimate: $3,000,000 - $3,300,000, Sold for $3,360,000

February 3, 2022
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RM Sothebys Auction Paris, France, February 2, 2022

  • 1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT France, Chassis n° ZA9AB01S0RCD39095, Sold for €1,805,000

Bonhams Auction, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais, Paris, France, February 3, 2022

  • 1926 Bugatti T40 Torpedo Sport, Coachwork by Lavocat & Marsaud, Chassis no. 40169, Estimate € 280,000 - 350,000: Sold for € 287,500 inc. premium
  • 1935 Bugatti T57 VanVooren cabriolet, Chassis NO. 57287, Engine NO. 213, Estimate € 700,000 - 800,000: Sold for € 770,500 inc. premium
  • 1936 Bugatti T57C Ventoux streamline, Chassis no. 57335 Engine no. 340, Estimate € 1,600,000 - 2,000,000: Not sold
  • 1938 Bugatti T57C Stelvio Gangloff, Chassis no. 57678 Engine no. C41, Estimate € 800,000 - 1,200,000: Not sold
  • 1996 Bugatti EB110 GT, Chassis NO. ZA9AB01E0PCD39050, Engine NO. 00050, Estimate € 1,100,000 - 1,300,000, Sold for € 1,817,000 inc. premium

Interesting to see that the classic Bugatti's struggle to sell, with both more expensive ones not sold. The EB110GT's though fetch prices which up to recently were for EB110SS's, when the GT's from Artioli's era until not too long ago were in the million Euro range...


January 26, 2022
Bugatti Chiron and derivatives sold out!

Mate Rimac: Next Bugatti to be powered by an internal combustion engine...

It's over, there are no more Bugattis for sale....
Bugatti had a record year 2021. Technically, there is not a single new Bugatti left for sale.

The French manufacturer, like other prestige car manufacturers, had an exceptional year in 2021 in terms of sales. By doing so, there are technically no more new Bugattis for sale.

It's over for the story of the Chiron and its extended range. The French manufacturer has announced the sale of the last copies. Bugatti acted quickly since, on October 26, it was announced that there were 40 copies left for sale. In the space of a few weeks, these 40 cars, whose unit base price exceeds 4 million dollars, have found takers.

With this announcement, the total number of units sold in 2021 is therefore 150, an absolute record for Bugatti of the modern era. Bugatti maintains that, of this number, there are 63% of first buyers of a car from the brand. At the same time, for the well-known people of the Molsheim company, the 40 Bolides unveiled just last August as part of the “The Quail” festivities on the sidelines of Pebble Beach are all sold as well. It must be remembered that individuals who have the opportunity to get their hands on the Bolide must already own a Chiron. The “general public” did not have access to it.

To date, deliveries of the Divo have been completed. The “La Voiture Noire”, a one-of-a-kind automobile priced at US$18.7 million, has found its owner. The manufacturer is now concentrating on assembling the Super Sport 300+ with some 60 examples, all of which have also been sold. Subsequently, it will be the turn of the Centodieci in 10 copies to go through the Bugatti workshops. At the same time, we expect to see Bolides emerge from time to time for impatient customers.

Bugatti will therefore still be busy over the next few years with vehicles whose technical characteristics are often unique from one car to another. As an indication, Bugatti is proud to have delivered 80 examples to its customers in 2021. On the count, all production based on the Chiron is limited to 500 cars.

With an absence of models for sale, Bugatti is now looking to the future and, most importantly, to its merger with Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer, Rimac. After the Chiron and its derivatives, we will no longer speak strictly of Bugatti, but of Bugatti Rimac as a single manufacturer. The new boss, Mate Rimac, is more than confident about the fate of this prestigious company:

“We will surprise you, especially with features never seen on other cars, and we will push even further in the direction of combustion engines.

The quality and personality of the Bugatti brand will remain intact, faithful to its origins, but geared towards growth. It is Bugatti Rimac's commitment and mine to keep this promise, which is non-negotiable.

Bugatti's mastery will be continued and we also intend to improve it. I also promise, as a lover of cars, technology and engines, to seek only the best, something that can inspire new generations."

Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti-Rimac

As an enthusiast and aware of the stakes, the 33-year-old has promised that the new hypercar will not be a rebadged Rimac Nevera. Nor will it be a deep restyling of the Chiron, nor a hybrid version of said hypercar.

Obviously, Bugatti Rimac has some surprises in store for us in the future. Recent history shows us that this manufacturer plays in its own league when it comes to performance and exclusivity. We will soon see a whole new chapter written on the most prestigious of automobile brands.


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Until ??, 2022 Bugatti Trust summer exhibition Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, UK

Jean Bugatti - A celebration of his life and Influence on the Bugatti Type 57

The exhibition will include cars, artefacts, historic documents and photographs as well as original film footage from our archives. Including a presentation of the Bugatti Atlantic.

  • Jean Bugatti - The Type 57S Aérolithe and Atlantic
  • Bugatti Atlantic - The four cars produced
  • The history of the Holzschuch Atlantic 57473 - on display

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Until September 18, 2022 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Showcased at the Guggenheim Museum "MOTION. AUTOS, ART, ARCHITECTURE" Bilbao, Spain

Artistic talent runs deeply throughout the Bugatti family. The art world views Rembrandt Bugatti – brother of company founder Ettore – as one of the most notable and artistically independent sculptors of the early 20th century. His pieces are now on display in several collections and museums across the world. Ettore Bugatti saw the creativity behind his legendary automobiles as an artistic process – a passion he passed on to his son, Jean, which led him to design some of the most elegant and timeless automotive shapes ever conceived. The automobile that is considered by many to be Jean’s crowning achievement is the Type 57 SC Atlantic, regarded as the most valuable and exclusive automobile in the world, which is now granted center stage at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as part of a new automotive exhibition.

Situated within the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, the titanium architecture of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao places it among some of the most spectacular buildings in continental Europe. Known for its displays of modern and contemporary art, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is now the host of a new exhibition named "Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture" that has been personally curated by renowned British architect, Norman Foster, celebrating and investigating the parallels between the automotive world and that of art.

Bringing together a collection of around 40 of the automotive industry’s most beautiful, exclusive and technically innovative creations, Bugatti’s legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic is among the hand-picked selection for its breathtaking proportions. Appearing in the “Sculptures” gallery of the exhibition, the Type 57 SC Atlantic’s engineering excellence alongside its distinctive flowing lines were noted when the automobile was chosen for display, having been shaped by Bugatti’s craftspeople – artists in their own right. Fittingly, the Type 57 SC Atlantic is situated next to the celebrated “Walking Panther” sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti himself within the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The Type 57 SC Atlantic in question is one of two original surviving examples. Loaned to the exhibition by the Mullin Automotive Museum in California, the 1936 automobile was the first unit built, originally for British banker Victor Rothschild. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is the owner of the last Atlantic produced – of a total of four – and the only other surviving original model. The third-made was involved in a serious collision in 1955, almost entirely destroying the car. It has since been restored using as many original parts as possible, but many of the components had to be made from new.

Jean Bugatti created the second-made Atlantic for his personal use – now infamously known as the “La Voiture Noire”, missing since 1938 and presumed lost during the Second World War. Its disappearance is one of the great mysteries in the history of the automobile. Experts estimate the value of the Atlantic at more than €100 million – if it ever appears again.

President of Bugatti, Christophe Piochon, commented: “The Type 57 SC Atlantic, despite being created by Jean Bugatti over 80 years ago, remains one of the greatest pieces of automotive design ever conceived – there are very few cars in existence that command such a presence. It is the very definition of the automobile transcending into the world of art, making it the ideal specimen to illustrate our brand’s heritage and design philosophies at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.”

‘State-of-the-Art’
Jean Bugatti began to modernize the French luxury brand’s models from the late 1920s with his passion and talent for automotive design, before being handed the keys to his father’s company in 1936.

Jean designed the Type 57 as a production car and as a racing variant: the ultimate grand tourisme. The range included various engine options and bodies such as the Galibier (four-door saloon), Stelvio (convertible), Ventoux (two-door saloon) and Atlantic (coupé). By the time production had come to a halt in 1940, about 800 Type 57 models in the different versions had left the factory hall.

However, only four Atlantic models were ever made between 1936 and 1938, adding to its mystical allure and exclusivity. When it first appeared, its body was already strikingly beautiful. The wheels stand out from the body and the bonnet is extremely long for a car with an overall length of only 3.70 meters.

The rear end flows down in an oval shape extending almost to the ground. Six thin tailpipes complete the rear view. An outstanding design feature is a raised seam running vertically from the hinge in the split bonnet to the tail. Like a sharp fin, it divides the body in the middle. Rivets hold the split metal sheets in place.

The Atlantic is powered by a near-silent, robust 3.3-liter straight-eight engine producing up to 200 PS and a top speed in excess of 200 km/h. This was during an era when horse-drawn carts still featured prominently on many roads.


Until September, 2022 All seven Bugatti's Type 101 on display at the Schlumpf museum Mulhouse, France

For the first time ever, all 7 type 101 Bugattis are gathered together, and will remain on public display at the Musée National de l'Automobile, collection Schlumpf until the Bugatti Festival in September.

The occasion is a book on the subject of the type 101.


August 19, 2022 Bonhams' Quail Lodge auction Auburn, USA

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Gangloff Chassis no. 57767
  • 1947 Bugatti Type 73C Grand Prix Monoposto Chassis no. 73002 Engine no. 2

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Gangloff Chassis no. 57767

  • Rare and desirable, factory supercharged example of Jean Bugatti's Atalante masterpiece
  • A stunningly original car, with great measures taken to preserve its original finishes
  • Outstanding provenance, including 1938 Paris Salon exhibition and 60 years in singular ownership
  • Fastidiously documented, with factory letters from E. Bugatti and report from Pierre-Yves Laugier
  • Matching-numbers example, retaining its original aluminum bodywork and interior

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1947 Bugatti Type 73C Grand Prix Monoposto Chassis no. 73002 Engine no. 2
This same car sold for 251,751 euro at the 2006 Pebble Beach Christie's auction

  • 1,460cc DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Roots-type Supercharger
  • Single Solex Updraft Carburetor
  • Est 120 bhp at 5,000 rpm
  • 4-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
  • 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

  • The very last racing car designed by perhaps the Greatest car designer of all time - Ettore Bugatti
  • The sole Bugatti Type 73C example to be listed in Hugh Conway's 1962 Bugatti Register
  • Kept in numerous prominent Bugatti and racing car collections
  • Sophisticated chassis design and powerful supercharged all-alloy twin-cam 16-valve engine

THE BUGATTI TYPE 73

Ettore Bugatti's death on 21st August 1947 - his son Jean having perished in a testing accident in 1939 - effectively signaled the beginning of the end for the original Bugatti firm. By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti had established an unrivalled reputation for building cars with outstanding performance on road or track; the world's greatest racing drivers enjoying countless successes aboard the Molsheim factory's products and often choosing them for their everyday transport. And although the coming of World War 2 would see the Molsheim factory reduced to ruins, it did not stop work on the development of new models, one of which - a supercharged four-cylinder - had been hinted at by Jean Bugatti in 1939. That car was the Type 73, a 1½-liter model to be built in a variety of forms for both road and track use.

The Type 73's all-alloy engine featured wet cylinder liners, a five-bearing crankshaft, and a detachable cylinder head, the latter a first for Bugatti, two camshafts and 16 valves, while the gearbox was an all-synchromesh four-speeder in the 73C (as the racing version would be named), it was initially planned to fit the road version with an automatic transmission designed by Ettore Bugatti himself. Although no road car was ever fitted either with this gearbox or the twin-camshaft engine, the realities of attempting to productionize the design dictated it would be fitted with a single camshaft engine and a Cotal gearbox.

In a letter dated 27 September 1945 to Laurence Pomeroy, the editor of The Motor, Monsieur R.A. Bouchard of the Bugatti Company in Paris advised that the racing chassis was to be of ultra-low build, being derived from that of the pre-war 4.7-liter Type 59/50 B racing car, whilst its engine was to feature all-alloy construction with detachable wet cylinder liners and a five-bearing crankshaft. Transmission was to be by a four speed all synchromesh gearbox, and the car's total weight was not to exceed 600kg. At a price of 500,000 French francs each, five were to be delivered in April 1946, with five more during each of the next three months. Already fifteen French racing drivers had each lodged deposits of 25,000 francs, and English readers of The Motor were invited to order the remaining five planned, though this ambition would prove impossible to fulfil in the difficult economic conditions of the immediately post-war years. Nevertheless, production got under way at the old La Licorne factory in Levallois, Paris, the Molsheim site being still unusable. At the 1947 Paris Motor Show, held at the Grand Palais in October, an engine-less Type 73 chassis was displayed together with examples of both the single-cam and twin-cam engine. Eventually a batch of five complete sets of parts for the Type 73C racing model was produced, whilst an artist's impression of a planned aerodynamic sports saloon appeared in several Continental motor magazines.

One hopeful racing car buyer, Serge Pozzoli, who had placed his order at the Paris Motor Show, recalled later that he had visited the Bugatti Works and seen several chassis, and one complete racing car with a running engine. However, without Ettore's impetus the whole project slowly ground to a halt, the unfinished cars were dismantled, all their parts were stored at Molsheim and deposits were returned to the would-be owners. The stock of Type 73C parts remained in storage at Molsheim until 1960 when one set of components - chassis '73C 001' - was acquired by Jean de Dobbeleer, the Brussels-based Bugatti agent. De Dobbeleer fitted a monoposto body based on proposals for Type 73C coachwork made in 1945 by Bugatti designer, Antoine Pichetto. The car was quickly sold on and de Dobbeleer then returned to Molsheim and acquired a second Type 73C, the very car offered here today - 73002.

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After having acquired and quickly selling the first Type 73C, de Dobbeleer returned to Molsheim in 1961 and acquired the parts for another Type 73C, the car offered here chassis no. 73002 - or 73C 002 - which he proceeded to assemble, and then sold its body-less chassis to the US via his American agent Gene Cesari. This car was the sole Type 73C to be listed in Hugh Conway's 1962 Bugatti Register, in which its owner was listed as Jerry Sherman of Pennsylvania. Thereafter it was acquired in 1969 by Eric Richardson, a leading American Bugatti authority of his day, before acquired by the late Tom Wheatcroft who was then both purchasing and assembling what was to become his famous Donington Collection of Grand Prix racing cars. Type 73C 73002 was fully restored in the Donington workshops to the high mechanical and cosmetic standard invariable achieved by Wheatcroft, who always insisted that his cars should perform and drive as well as they looked. The car was then fitted with a copy of the second of Pichetto's 1945 73C body designs, this one featuring a cowled radiator grill typical of the late pre-war and early post-war period. Tom Wheatcroft often invited his many racing driver friends to private track day sessions at his Donington Park track, and accordingly this particular car was driven from time to time on such occasions by Wheatcroft and his associates throughout his period of ownership. However, wishing to accommodate a selection of much more recent racing cars, Wheatcroft decided to sell several of the exhibits displayed in his Donington Collection, and in 1994 he sold his Bugatti Type 73C to Alberto Lenz of Mexico. Lenz sold the car to the previous owner in 2002, during which time numerous improvements was carried out, including fitting the car with piano wire wheels and hubs (Making it differ even more from the original, the T73C was never to be fitted with the, though beautiful, piano wire wheels, Ed.), by Crosthwaite & Gardiner, and cycle wings to make the car more road worthy.

Offered from a Texas-based collection where the car has been stored in climate-controlled warehouse for the past 16 years, the Type 73C Bugatti was in truth a factory prototype model which fortune dictated that it was never to show its true potential in period motor racing, yet it does have one claim to fame which it will retain for all time. It was the very last racing car designed by perhaps the greatest and certainly the most successful racing car designer of all time - Ettore Bugatti.

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August 19-20, 2022 RM-Sotheby's Monterey Auction California, USA

Offered from Masterworks of Design:
  • 1913 Bugatti Type 15 Tourer by Chauvet, Chassis no. 580, Offered Without Reserve
  • 1925 Bugatti Type 30 Tourer, Chassis No. 4725, Offered Without Reserve (auctioned March 5, 2020: Not sold)
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, Chassis No. 57406, Engine No. 286, Gearbox No. 68C
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet in the Style of Gangloff, Chassis No. 57668
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57769

Offered from the Oscar Davis Collection:

  • 1928 Bugatti Type 43A Roadster by Lavocat et Marsaud, Chassis No. 43233, Engine No. 62
  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster in the style of Jean Bugatti, Chassis No. 55219, Engine No. 11
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57S Roadster in the style of Corsica, Chassis No. 57601
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Special Cabriolet by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57798, Engine No. 431
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet in the style of Corsica, Chassis No. 57838, Engine No. 105C

In 1928, the Davis family—including three-year-old Oscar—emigrated from Budapest, Hungary, to the United States, making their home in New York City. Shortly before his 18th birthday, Davis left school to enlist in the United States Army; he served through the end of the war in Europe, remaining in the conflict’s aftermath to oversee displaced persons camps. There, Davis, who was Jewish, located many Hungarian refugees, and some of his family members who had survived the Holocaust.

Returning to the United States, Davis pursued a career as a toolmaker, a trade taught to him by his father Isidor. In 1949, borrowing $1,500 from his father-in-law, he established the Oscar Davis Company, which produced specialty plastic fittings for the burgeoning industrial plastic pipe industry. He would sell the company in 1961. Then, in 1964, he purchased a Brooklyn, New York, machine shop that made metal swimming pool system components. Applying his knowledge in the use of industrial plastics to these products, Davis transformed the business that would become Hayward Industries into a global leader in the swimming pool industry, with more than 2,500 employees worldwide when he sold it in 2017.

In recognition of his lifetime of business achievement and service, Oscar Davis was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2002. Davis passed away in February 2021 at the age of 95; there can be no doubt that his was a life well-lived. In the midst of it all, he found the time to cultivate his passion for exquisite automobiles—a passion he pursued with vigor.

As with so many servicemen returning from the European Theater, Davis was captivated by the Continent’s shapely and athletic sports cars. A BMW 328 (said to have been purchased for the now-unthinkable price of $200) was his first acquisition in 1957, but with increasing business success came the ability to own a wider range of vehicles, including grand American classics. Unimpeachable quality and provenance were the throughlines of his collection, even as its focus evolved; in time, he would build one of the finest stables of pre- and post-war European performance machinery ever assembled.

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1913 Bugatti Type 15 Tourer by Chauvet, Chassis no. 580

1925 Bugatti Type 30 Tourer, Chassis No. 4725

1928 Bugatti Type 43A Roadster by Lavocat et Marsaud, Chassis No. 43233, Engine No. 62

1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster in the style of Jean Bugatti, Chassis No. 55219, Engine No. 11

1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, Chassis No. 57406, Engine No. 286, Gearbox No. 68C

1938 Bugatti Type 57S Roadster in the style of Corsica, Chassis No. 57601

1936 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet in the Style of Gangloff, Chassis No. 57668

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57769

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Special Cabriolet by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57798, Engine No. 431

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet in the style of Corsica, Chassis No. 57838, Engine No. 105C

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August 20 - 21, 2022 Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach auction USA

  • 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix, Chassis no. 51154, Estimate: $2,750,000 - $3,250,000
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux, Chassis 57517, Engine 7C, Estimate: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000, Without Reserve
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante, Chassis 57523, Engine 23S, Estimate: $10,000,000 - $12,000,000
  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, Chassis ZA9BB02E0RCD39012, Engine 086, Estimate: $3,000,000 - $3,500,000

1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix, Chassis no. 51154

This Bugatti Type 51, chassis 51154, carries exhaustively documented history compiled by renowned Bugatti historians David Sewell and Mark Morris, who followed the car for several decades, culminating in their detailed 100-page report accompanying the car at auction. Supporting historical references include entries for this car in The Bugatti Book (1954), Hugh Conway’s The Bugatti Register, and the Nordic Bugatti Register (2014), plus research conducted by Bugatti historian Pierre-Yves Laugier using copies of Bugatti factory records. According to Mr. Laugier’s research of the factory records, cited by the Sewell and Morris report on file, the origin of this Bugatti Type 51 dates to July 7, 1931, when two 2.3-liter Type 35B engines, nos. 205 and 207, were on hand at Bugatti’s Molsheim works. Both were documented to have been upgraded to twin-cam Type 51 specification, and engine no. 205 would become a 2.3-liter Type 51 engine, no. 17. According to the Molsheim factory engine book, engine no. 17 was fitted to this Type 51, chassis 51154, assembled on July 7, 1931. Soon after assembly, 51154 embarked on its early career as a works racing Bugatti. While 51154 was completed too late by Bugatti to participate in the mid-July 1931 Grand Prix of Spa, photographic analysis of the car’s minute details by Sewell and Morris led them to conclude, “…it is almost certain” that William Grover-Williams drove this Type 51, with engine no. 17, at the German Grand Prix on the Nu¨rburgring on July 19, 1931; however, the historians found no subsequent racing entries attributed to the car for the remainder of 1931. According to period photographs studied by Sewell and Morris, this Type 51 was possibly used by famed Bugatti driver Louis Chiron in testing for the Grand Prix de la Marne on July 3, 1932, and at the French Grand Prix tests at Reims that month. An engine overhaul on August 9 and work to the gearbox and rear axle on August 19 closed out the Bugatti’s 1932 season, followed by more service to the car from January to early February 1934, with the car likely having been used by Bugatti for testing purposes, given the February 11, 1933 maintenance note referring to a special supercharger. Certainly, the highlight of 1933 for the car was its use for some practice and training runs at Montlhéry in March with none other than the retired 1927 Grand Prix champion, Robert Benoist, with the legendary driver photographed on the track behind the wheel. According to extracts from the Bugatti factory’s Sales Register and Invoice Book, a Type 51A, chassis 51154 with engine 17, was sold to Claude Bossu, the car’s first private owner, on July 13, 1934. Bossu was the scion of a successful family and aspiring driver, who raced under the pseudonym “Barowski” and paid 86,400 francs for his new steed. From 1934 to 1936, Bossu contested seven events, including a 1st in Class victory at the September 1934 Mont Ventoux Hill Climb. Various events followed, including finishing 2nd at Montlhéry, plus 1st in Class at the Côte de Lectoure race on September 1, 1935. Bossu’s final outing was at the May 1936 Grand Prix des Frontières at Chimay, Belgium. On the wet circuit, Barowski was blinded by mud thrown up from his front tires, drove into a field, and flipped the Bugatti, causing minor chassis damage. Fortunately, he was unharmed and elected to retire from racing, selling the car to Jean Delorme, who also owned Type 51 chassis 51149. Delorme proceeded to rebuild the 2,300 cc engine of 51149 with most of the mechanical parts from 51154, including the crankshaft and upper crankcase. The parts from 51149 were then fitted to 51154, transforming it into a 2,300 cc car. Crucially, both 51149 and 51154 retained their original lower crankcases – considered by Bugatti authorities to be the actual core engine component, stamped with engine nos. 27 and 17, respectively. Delorme also fitted a large supercharger. Additional work included transferring the hood and road equipment from 51149 to 51154, plus a repaint of the body. Towards the end of 1936, Delorme put both cars up for sale, with 51154 purchased by H.R.H Prince Bertil of Sweden, who then resided in Paris. A photo taken of the Prince with the car on file shows the unusually large supercharger. In 1937, the Prince sold 51154 to Spanish racer Genaro Leoz, through whom the car passed to Jack Lemon Burton of the UK, who then sold the Bugatti to Donald B. Parkinson, an American architect, with the car shipped to him in Los Angeles. In 1938, chassis 51154 passed to George Dillwyn Parrish for approximately two years, before it was acquired by Los Angeles playboy Tommy Lee, who raced the car on the dry lakes in 1940 and kept the Bugatti in his collection until around 1946. The Bugatti’s next documented owner was W. Hudson Mills, who sold the car circa 1965 to Robert Fergus. In 1972, Joel Finn helped Mr. Fergus repair 51154, subsequently becoming part owner of the Bugatti. In January 1986, fashion magnate Ralph Lauren purchased 51154. In 1989, Mr. Lauren commissioned UK Bugatti experts Crosthwaite & Gardiner to meticulously restore the Bugatti, including the painstaking construction of a new body, with the car completed in March 1993. The Bugatti was retained by Mr. Lauren until 2004 when it was acquired by the current owner, who has actively campaigned it at such prestigious events as the Goodwood Revival Meeting and Monaco Historic Races. Extremely well documented, 51154 is accompanied by a wealth of paperwork documenting its rich provenance, plus UK V5 registration. Exceedingly rare and fascinating, this Bugatti Type 51 stands ready for continued adventures with its next custodian.

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1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux, Chassis 57517, Engine 7C

  • From The Mark J. Smith Collection
  • Exceptionally Original and Unique Example of the Ventoux
  • Desirable Second-Series Chassis with Supercharged Engine and Factory Upgrades
  • Provenance Dates Back to First Owner Prince Wilhelm of Sweden
  • One-Off Example Fitted with Highly Attractive, Atalante-Style Front Fenders
  • Retains Matching-Numbers Engine and Original Coachwork per Bugatti Club Records
  • First in Class (Prewar Preservation) at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante, Chassis 57523, Engine 23S

  • Among the Most Important, Desirable, and Spectacular Bugattis Ever Created
  • One of Just 17 Type 57S Atalantes Built and Arguably the Finest Extant
  • An Automotive Masterpiece Showcasing Jean Bugatti’s Creative Genius
  • Known History Since it was First Delivered to Paris in 1937
  • Retains Original Chassis, Coachwork, and Matching-Numbers Driveline
  • Recent Mechanical Restoration by Noted Bugatti Specialist Ivan Dutton Limited

n the 20-year period between the two world wars, the eccentric Ettore Bugatti, working together with his brilliant son Jean, elevated automotive production from the utilitarian work of engineers to a genuine artistic pursuit. Each jewel-like Bugatti bears the unmistakable imprimatur of its maker and possesses the qualities that one hopes to find in any automobile: inspired styling, superior engineering, quality craftsmanship, and thoroughbred performance.

The pinnacle of Bugatti production was the Type 57S, a model that emerged in 1936 as a more sporting version of the Type 57. With its “S” designation standing for surbaissé, or lowered, this radical new Bugatti took inspiration from the Type 59 Grand Prix and was developed as an uncompromising highperformance machine – lighter, faster, and more technically advanced than the already superb Type 57.

At the foundation of the Type 57S was a specialized chassis, with distinctive gondola-shaped frame rails. Not only did this design allow the engine to be mounted closer to the ground, thereby lowering the car’s center of gravity, it was significantly lighter than the standard Type 57 frame. The rear section featured an ingenious oblong opening in each side rail, allowing the rear axle axle to pass through the frame, lowering the car further.

The front suspension of the 57S was also quite clever, utilizing a semi-independent configuration of a two-piece hollow axle held within a central knurled collar. This unconventional front axle worked in unison with complex de Ram shock absorbers, which, through a combination of hydraulic pressure and multi-plate discs, provided immediate and effective damping. When this technology first appeared in the 1930s, a single de Ram shock absorber cost about the same as an entry-level automobile.

For this new chassis, Bugatti thoroughly revised its 3.3-liter twin-cam straighteight engine utilizing many techniques of the Grand Prix car. A sophisticated dry sump lubrication system allowed the engine to be mounted lower in the chassis and ensured steady oil supply during hard cornering. High compression pistons and careful tuning resulted in a gain of 20–25 hp over the Type 57, while a high-performance Scintilla Vertex magneto replaced the conventional distributor of the standard model. A lightweight exhaust system was designed to suit the car’s sporting character and it terminated in a most unusual manner, in a row of five small-diameter tailpipes. In normally aspirated form, the Type 57S offered exceptional performance, while the supercharged “C” variant, producing about 200 hp, was among the fastest production cars built before WWII.

The extreme proportions of the Type 57S chassis afforded Jean Bugatti and other coachbuilders new possibilities. With its surbaissé chassis and efficient mechanical packaging, the body of a Type 57S sat several inches lower than a comparably styled Type 57. Furthermore, the car’s low hood line allowed the fenders to peak above the pointed, oval-shaped radiator grille, while the coachwork completely enveloped the chassis. The result was a car that appeared impossibly low and dramatic from the outside, with a sublime view from the driver’s seat.

The Bugatti Type 57S was one of the ultimate high-performance automobiles of its era, and its competition variant, the Type 57G Tank, was further proof of concept, with two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and several international speed records to its credit. The 57S’ outstanding performance attracted an elite clientele – a “who’s who” of 1930s motoring royalty.

In total, Bugatti built just 42 examples of the Type 57S between 1936 and 1938. Like the standard Type 57, the surbaissé model could be purchased as a bare chassis and supplied to outside coachbuilders like Vanvooren, Gangloff, and Corsica. The most famous examples, however, were those outfitted with bodies designed by Jean Bugatti and built at Molsheim. In this category are the incomparable Atalante and Atlantic, widely regarded as two of the most attractive, influential, and recognizable automotive designs of all time. Just 17 Type 57S chassis were originally supplied with Atalante coachwork, a mesmerizing design named for the legendary heroine of Arcadian mythology.

Constructed at Molsheim in April 1937, this Bugatti Type 57S, chassis 57523, was originally equipped with frame no. 27, engine no. 23S, and Atalante body no. 10.

Though it was a catalogued body style, no two 57S Atalantes are alike, each differing in subtle details. This Atalante possesses several unique characteristics – most recognizably its large Scintilla headlamps, which imbue the car with an elegant, dreamy-eyed appearance. These remarkable lights, combined with the fully skirted rear fenders and beautifully sculpted tail, make this a particularly appealing and distinctive Atalante.

As completed, 57523 was finished in a splendid monochromatic black color scheme and delivered to the official Bugatti agent in Paris, on Avenue de Montaigne.

In May 1937, the Atalante was sold to its first owner, Alphonse Gandon, a successful wine and liquor merchant. An archetypal 57S owner, M. Gandon had owned at least one other Bugatti prior to his acquisition of 57523, a Figoni-bodied Type 55 Roadster with which Jacques Dupuy won the 1933 Paris-Nice race. A connoisseur who certainly appreciated artful design in all aspects of life, M. Gandon’s home was built in the Art Deco style and situated at the edge of a forest in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

Early on, 57523 returned to Molsheim, where it received a Roots-type supercharger, becoming one of the very first 57SCs. As noted by Bugatti historian Julius Kruta, in the original Bugatti factory engine list there is a “C” marked next to this chassis number, indicating that this car must have had its blower added soon after delivery. It is also likely that the 57S was fitted with a Cotal gearbox at this time.

In September 1940, the Bugatti was registered under the name of Gaston Polonois; however, in April 1946, it was re-registered to Alphonse Gandon’s son Marcel. Though nothing further is known of the circumstances, it is possible that M. Gandon owned the Bugatti throughout this entire period and merely had the car re-registered to protect it – or perhaps himself – during the war years.

Following M. Gandon’s ownership, the Atalante was sold to Jacques Longuet of Paris and was registered as “7815 BP 75” in December 1952. The oldest known photographs of 57523 were taken during M. Longuet’s ownership and confirm that the Atalante participated in the very first International Bugatti Meeting in June 1958, which included a rally from Ermenonville to Le Mans.

Around 1959, chassis 57523 was sold to Jean De Dobbeleer of Brussels, Belgium. In the years following WWII, De Dobbeleer was Europe’s foremost Bugatti dealer. He bought, sold, and restored innumerable cars, including some of the most significant examples of the marque and several exotic 57S models.

Soon after De Dobbeleer’s acquisition, 57523 was sold to well-known Bugattiste Gene Cesari, a man many consider among the most important contributors to America’s rich appreciation for the Bugatti marque. An academic, racer, and gentleman farmer, Mr. Cesari had been involved with Bugattis since 1953 and, in 1958, was even appointed as the firm’s official North American agent by Bugatti Automobiles’ Director General M. de Made.

Around 1960, Mr. Cesari sold 57523 to George W. Huguely Jr. of Annapolis, Maryland. During this period, Mr. Huguely quietly assembled an impressive stable of important motorcars that included a Bugatti 57C Gangloff Cabriolet, two supercharged Mercedes-Benz cars, three Duesenbergs, and three Touring-bodied 8C Alfa Romeos – a long-chassis 2.3 Le Mans Tourer, a short-chassis 2.9 Spider, and the Mille Miglia-winning 2.9 Berlinetta.

Shortly after Mr. Huguely purchased the Bugatti, his mechanic damaged the original cylinder block by starting the engine while the cylinders were filled with castor oil. As a result, Mr. Huguely removed the Bugatti’s original engine and, around 1964, sold the Atalante to Dr. Donald Vesley of Louisiana. During his ownership, Dr. Vesley acquired a standard Type 57 engine, which he then converted to SC specifications and installed it in 57523.

Dr. Vesley eventually sold the Bugatti to Ed Lucas of Troy, Michigan, who, in turn, sold it to noted collector William Jacobs. In 1990, the Blackhawk Collection acquired 57523 and restored it in a two-tone, black and red color scheme.

In 2005, well-known California-based collector Ray Scherr was presented with the opportunity to acquire the Atalante as well as its original, matching-numbers engine. The engine, which had been repaired and subsequently installed in another Bugatti, was reunited with 57523 following a complex negotiation. Mr. Scherr then entrusted the Bugatti to Bob Mosier, a respected restorer specializing in important antiques and classics. Over the next three years, Mr. Mosier completely restored this important Bugatti in a no-expense-spared manner, with great sensitivity to its originality.

Chassis 57523 made its post-restoration debut at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, where it earned both First in Class and the prestigious French Cup, a special award presented to the most significant car of French origin. From there, it went on to capture Best in Class at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and back-to-back Best of Show awards at the Santa Barbara and Avila Beach concours.

Later repainted in its original black livery, the Bugatti was sold at the 2013 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction to a private European collector. During his ownership, the Atalante was shown just once at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in April 2016.

The current owner, a discerning American collector, acquired 57523 in 2019, again with the assistance of Gooding & Company, and had it sent to highly regarded Bugatti specialist Ivan Dutton Limited in Aylesbury, England, for mechanical sorting. Having restored another Type 57S Atalante, Tim Dutton was uniquely qualified to carry out a comprehensive mechanical restoration on 57523, with the goal of making it perform as Bugatti intended. Invoices on file confirm that this project included a full rebuild of the engine and rear end, as well as a complete chassis overhaul, with great attention paid to suspension set up. At the same time, the car’s original gearbox was located, rebuilt, and reunited with the chassis, and a set of new Borrani wire wheels were fitted in preparation for high-speed touring.

As this work was carried out, 57523 was inspected by English Bugatti historian Mark Morris. His report, included in the car’s file, confirms that this Atalante is one of just four Type 57S chassis with a factory-supplied supercharger and retains important matching-numbers components including the frame, body, engine, gearbox, differential, as well as the original chassis plate. Furthermore, the engine is stamped in several locations with the factory assembly no. 25, indicating that it retains its original crankcase, sump, camboxes, and cam tower drive.

As the culmination and zenith of Bugatti production, the Type 57S is universally acclaimed as an automotive masterpiece. It stands among the most important Bugatti automobiles ever built; for over 60 years, collectors have regarded these precious few low-chassis Type 57s as the finest prewar motorcars. With its advanced specification, exceptional performance, and spectacular Jean Bugatti-designed coachwork, the 57S truly embodies the spirit of the Bugatti marque, Le Pur-Sang des Automobiles.

Of the 17 Atalantes built on the Type 57S chassis, it is important to note that only two were fitted with superchargers by the Bugatti factory, another two have been irretrievably lost, and four reside as permanent fixtures in the Musée National de L’Automobile in Mulhouse, France. The remaining examples are held in the world’s finest automobile collections and are not likely to trade hands in the foreseeable future.

In every respect, 57523 is a true mechanical objet d’art – an exclusive and sporting Bugatti of unrivaled beauty, rarity, and sophistication, whose unquestioned authenticity, expert restoration, and magnetic presence place it among the top-tier of collectible automobiles.

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September 1-3, 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers, the Auburn auction Auburn, USA

  • 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix, Chassis No: 4631

    • Rare and thrilling opportunity to own a highly authentic and correct prewar racing icon
    • Documented by the American Bugatti Club; well-known by marque experts including David Sewell
    • Roster of former keepers includes Louis Chiron’s patron, Fred Hoffman
    • Raced in period by Bugatti concessionaire, Jean Ollivier
    • Competition history includes Provence Grand Prix in 1926
    • Documented restoration; toured over 4,000 miles through Europe in 2017
    • Winner, Monterey Cup race at Laguna Seca, 2009 “On the button” and ready to race, show, tour, and enjoy

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September 3, 2022 Gooding & Co. London auction UK

  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet, Chassis no. 55230
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux, Chassis no. 57506

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September 9, 2022 RM Sobey's St. Moritz Auction St. Moritz, Switzerland

  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, Chassis 57384, Engine 1S

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September 15 - October 15, 2022 Exposition in the Chartreuse - Fondation Bugatti Molsheim, France

Ettore Bugatti - His family and his friends


September 15 - 18, 2022 39th Festival Bugatti Molsheim, France

The Molsheim Festival is one of few (or the only one?) where any enthousiast can go and see a lot of Bugatti's, walk around inbetween them and get to know fellow Bugattistes!

For registration and info, contact Michel Weber: + 33 (0) 609 478 455 - michel.weber33@sfr.fr

See you in Molsheim!


September 22 - 24, 2022 RM Sotheby's auction USA

The GENE PONDER COLLECTION; Offered entirely wothout reserve
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic Replica by Erik Koux, Chassis No. 57654 (Sold at auction on February 8, 2019, for €852,936)
  • "1932" Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster Replica by Pur Sang, Chassis No. "55227"
  • "1930" Bugatti Type 35B Replica by Pur Sang, Engine No. 397BO, Chassis No. 397
  • "1936" Bugatti Type 57G 'Tank' Tribute, On 1953 Jaguar Chassis
  • 1957 Bugatti Type 252 Tribute, On 1952 Jaguar Chassis (LHD!)
  • Bugatti Children's Car, 5 (Five) different ones available, none original
  • Various benches and vices (probably not original)
  • Various radiator shells (don't seem to be original) and other parts
  • Bugatti Bronze by JP Nesse
  • Bugatti Bronze "Pur Sang" by Stanley Wanlass
  • Lot's of different automobilia
  • Many miniatures in various scales

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June 19 - 24, 2023 International Bugatti Meeting Engelberg, Switzerland

The IBM 2023 will take place in Engelberg from 19.06. - 24.06.2023.

Participants will arrive Sunday, June 18th.

We look forward to welcome around 80 Bugatti teams in central Switzerland. The registration forms will be available in the beginning of November.

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